Employer: English Institute of Sport

Salary: £46,829 – £53,071 pa

Location: Negotiable

Job Type: Fixed Term (Full time)

How to Apply: Apply online at


Contract: This is a fixed term contract until April 2021.

Grade: Level 4

Hours of Work: Such hours as necessary to carry out your duties. This will involve a minimum of 37 hours per week (36 if London based) and may include working outside normal office hours at evenings and weekends and on Public Holidays. 0.8 FTE may be considered for the right candidate.

Location: The normal place of work is negotiable but will be one of the EIS sites. The EIS may from time to time require you to travel to and work at other national offices.


The Performance Pathway Team is a collaboration between UK Sport (the UK’s High Performance Strategic Agency) and the English Institute of Sport (Sports Science and Medicine Institute) and has been in full operation since 2008.

Core funded as part of UK Sport’s eight-year strategic investment in performance pathways, the team works alongside summer and winter Olympic and Paralympic programmes [known as the ‘World Class Programmes (WCPs)’] to develop and enhance the support systems and structures that are known to positively promote athlete talent through the pipeline to world class success.

As we enter the Tokyo Cycle (2017-21), the Performance Pathway Team (PPT) will work in partnership with WCP funded sports across four key work streams to drive world leading pathways that ensure sustained success at future Games:

  • World Class Athlete Pipeline – delivering enhanced recruitment, confirmation and transition activity to populate WCPs with a sustainable supply of athletes capable of winning medals on the Olympic and Paralympic stage within 8-10yrs.
  • Development Curricula – supporting sports to develop and embed curricula describing the athlete experiences, environments and competencies at each stage of the World Class journey.
  • Specialist Workforce Development – enabling sports to develop Pathway Leaders and Coaches capable of meeting athletes’ development needs and delivering their curricula.
  • Performance Pathway System Development – driving the continued evolution and sustainability of world leading Performance Pathways through improved alignment of investment and sharing of good practice, together with cross-sport benchmarking, applied research and innovation.


With a focus on the ‘Specialist Workforce Development’ work-stream, the PPT Coaching Lead with assume lead responsibility for the team’s objective of ensuring targeted sports have an optimal supply of coaches with specialist expertise in identifying, confirming, developing and transitioning athletes with medal winning potential. In this newly created position, the PPT Coaching Lead will:

  • lead the design, development and delivery of a new cross-sport ‘WC Pathway Coach Programme’ including being accountable for developing coaches associated with the programme
  • drive the development of future PPT coaching programmes and initiatives through identifying and developing cross-sport solutions to the most significant challenges and opportunities facing WC pathway coaches
  • proactively research, evaluate and share best practice in pathway coaching and coach development to drive identification, development and retention of coaches within WCPs and the wider UK High Performance System


  • Launch, oversee and operationally deliver a new ‘WC Pathway Coach Programme’ to coaches at the Performance Foundations and Podium Potential levels of the WC Pathway, aimed at enhancing their skills to transition emerging elite athletes onto WCPs and to create exceptional environments and programmes of support through which they can develop.
  • Ensure all participants on the WC Pathway Coach Programme develop their coaching practice by providing direct mentoring support to a select group, and co-ordinating/quality assuring delivery to others via a group of associate mentors and specialists
  • Develop a comprehensive, user friendly and easily accessible bank of inspirational and practical educational resources to accompany the WC Pathway Coach Programme
  • Embrace and proactively operate a ‘pass it on policy’ to ensure knowledge, resources and good practice are shared across WCPs and with key partners (SCUK, HNSCs, HNSIs, Project Connect Leads)
  • Work in partnership with coaches, coach developers and learning specialists to create timely, innovative and engaging cross-sport solutions to the anticipated future challenges and opportunities facing pathway coaches and coaching practice in WCPs
  • Ensure thorough evaluation of the impact of all initiatives
  • Actively participate in monthly PP team meetings, using it as a platform to inform and educate colleagues on work stream progress and to generally provide coaching insight and expertise to enhance delivery of the PPT 2017-21 Strategy
  • Proactively collaborate and seek to optimise cross-function working with the UK Sport Coaching Team, wider UK Sport Performance Directorate and EIS Performance Solutions Team
  • Within the rules of professional confidentiality liaise with athletes, primary care managers, parents, coaches and other support staff as appropriate
  • Work within the rules of the UK Professional Code of Conduct, standards and guidelines and, where appropriate, the EIS host agency
  • Participate in ad hoc projects and or applied research across the organisation as appropriate.
  • Any other duties as may be requested.


This job description is not to be regarded as exclusive or exhaustive. It is intended as an outline indication of the areas of activity and will be amended in the light of the changing needs of the organisation.

Closing date: 26 September 2016